The Hidden Gem in the Scottish Glen by Ted MacDonald

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Scottish Glen Golf Course


Scottish Glen Golf Course does not have a magnificent clubhouse or 
manicured fairways but what it does have is a tremendous layout that 
uses the rolling hills and natural flow of the country side. I would say 
it's key features are changes in elevation, dogleg fairways and enough 
water here and there to make it an interesting and challenging course 
that you can play over and over again and not become bored in the least. 
It is also a very scenic course. Some times you just look around at the 
vista and say to yourself “this is beautiful”.

The course is a nine hole 3,065 yard par 36. Don't dismiss it just 
because it is a nine hole. It is challenging enough and a good workout 
if you decide to walk it. Prices are very reasonable at $15 on weekdays 
and $18 on weekends. Add $10 for a power cart. Bring cash as they don't 
take plastic yet.

The first hole is a 476 yard par 5. Downhill with a slight dogleg to the 
right. Trees on both sides and a pond with lots of bullfrogs on the 
right just before the green. If you can make the top of the hill at 
about 180 yards with your drive you will be in good shape for par. We 
shorter hitters just like to get over and a bit down the hill in two.

The second hole is a 329 yard par 4. You pull a u turn off the first 
green to get to the second tee. It is  back up the hill to an elevated 
green. The first 200 yards or so is pretty flat then strait up the hill 
and on to the green. If I get on top of the hill in two I am happy.

The third hole is a 152 yard par 3. Up the path to the elevated third 
tee. It is a sharp drop down about 35 feet just off the tee. The green 
is protected by a ball eating pond just in front referred to as Bart's 
big ball washer. There is a small bunker on the left. Due to the 35 feet 
drop in elevation I tend to play this more like a 125 yard depending on 
tee placement. Get on the green and you are good for par or better. Miss 
the narrow fairway or splash down in the pond and 5s and 6s come into play.

The fourth hole is a 375 yard par 4. The fairway is on the side of the 
hill that dominates the first three holes. If you hit on the left you 
will have an awkward side hill lie. The fairway doglegs left and you 
can't always see the pin after your drive. Small bunker on the right of 
the green. Because of the shape and slant and blind second shot of this 
fairway most tend to miss the green to the right.

The fifth hole is a 508 yard par 5. The fairway narrows about 100 yards 
off the tee and there are many balls in the shrubs there. I swallow my 
pride and play from the red tees on this hole. If you go too far right 
you can get into lots of trouble and I have seen some big scores from 
that side. There is a sixty  degree dogleg right at the end of fairway 
to make things even more interesting.

The sixth hole is a 370 yard par 4. It looks easier than it is. It 
narrows around 200 yards and there is a small creek there to catch your 
ball. Watch where you tee the ball as the tee box can slant to the right 
encouraging a slice into the woods.

The seventh hole is a 376 yard par 4. It is wide enough fairway but many 
balls seem to end up in the pine trees on the right. There is a large 
swampy area on the left. Scenic but if you put a ball in here you won't 
find it. The dominating feature of this whole is the pond/creek that 
crosses the fairway about 250 yards out. You have to decide to layup or 
go for the glory and try for the elevated green. Many a ball has found 
its way into the pond by a glory seeker.

The eight hole is a 177 yard par 3. From the tee down through a small 
valley then up to the green. Pine trees on the right and water on the 
left. There is a small creek about 140 yards out that also eats golf balls.

The ninth hole is a 300 yard par 4. Sharp drop off the tee to water and 
then up the hill to a ninety degree dogleg left. There are trees on the 
left and you can not see the flag from the tee or if you don't make it 
up the hill on your first swing. The big hitters try to go over the 
trees and land it blind on the green. They don't always make it. The 
green is the hardest on the course. Lots of slope. If you are putting 
downhill even a slow moving putt can roll ten feet past the hole. Three 
and even four putts are not unusual on the ninth.

They have recently opened a driving range and have a putting green where 
you can practice your game or just bring the kids to whack a bucket of 
balls.

Scottish Glen Golf Course is owned and operated by Bart and Carol 
Bennett and Family

On Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Scottish-Glen-Golf-Course/176179582456618?fref=ts
1994 Scotch Corners Road
Carleton Place, Ontario
(613) 864-3783

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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